Bulletin E3154
Home Lawn and Garden Soil Test Self-Mailer

April 17, 2023

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A healthy lawn or garden starts with knowing the condition of your soil. The Soil Test Self-Mailer provides you with everything you need to make the process easy. Simply place one cup of your soil in the plastic bag provided, place the postage paid envelope in a mailbox, and within two weeks via an email link you will receive a custom fertilization program to meet the needs of your plants. For more information, go to https://homesoiltest.msu.edu.

What soil test results/fertilizer information will you receive?

  • Nutrient levels for phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), and magnesium (Mg)
  • pH value and cation exchange capacity (CEC)
  • The soil organic matter (OM) level
  • Personalized recommendations for fertilizer and any needed pH modifications

The Soil Test Self-Mailer package includes:

  • Soil sample bag
  • Instructions
  • Postage-paid mailing envelope
  • Only one sample can be submitted with one mailer

Purchase of this product, does not include testing for soil contaminants (e.g. lead, arsenic, pesticides) or water contaminants (e.g. harmful bacteria) 

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